Thailand's military ousts prime minister in coup while he's in New York

Tuesday, September 19th 2006, 11:22 am
By: News On 6

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Thailand's army commmander ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup Tuesday night while he was in New York, circling his offices with tanks, declaring martial law and revoking the constitution.

An announcement on national television signed by army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin ordered all troops to report to their duty stations.

As soldiers and armored vehicles moved through Bangkok, an announcement from the military earlier declared a provisional authority loyal to beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The announcement declared that a ``Council of Administrative Reform'' had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance. It recognized the king as head of state.